The Haiku Handicapper: 2018 Preakness Stakes

Joe Nevills, sales editor for the Daily Racing Form and columnist for Arabian Finish Line, analyzes the 2018 Preakness Stakes field in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

#1 - Quip
Bypassed the Derby
To be Justify's wingman
Tough break for you, dude

#2 - Lone Sailor
When this colt last won,
Justify still had five months
Until his debut

#3 - Sporting Chance
His nose for trouble
Is negating the upside
He displayed at two

#4 - Diamond King
The local fodder
Cross-entered the Peter Pan
And should have gone there

#5 - Good Magic
Heart-filled runner-up
We'll learn how deep his tank goes
Off two huge efforts

#6 - Tenfold
He'll win some races
But this isn't one of them
Watch him this summer

#7 - Justify
Dominant Derby
Obscured by Zapruder-like
Health controversy

#8 - Bravazo
Outran projections
This crew did it with Oxbow
Encore's tough to see

The tables are turned
Good Magic stuns Justify
One, eight fill super